Looking for Lactation Consultant - Malden,MA

Updated on April 24, 2008
J.H. asks from North Andover, MA
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I was hoping someone had a recommendation for a lactation consultant that will make house calls. I am having a lot of trouble, especially when I am actually in my own environment. Know someone who could help me?

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Thanks to all who supplied names and advice. I saw Lucia Jenkins today because she lives very close to me, and we have a plan. Most days, I feel like I can't do this, but my husband has been great about staying optimistic. I feel my body language change as soon as I even *think* about trying to latch the little guy. Sigh. I am going to keep repeating the "relax" mantra you've all stressed so much, and keep trying.

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L.A.

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I used:

Nancy Paronich, RNC, IBCLC
Sue Simmons, RN, IBCLC
Maternal Experience
PO Box 64
Marshfield, MA 02050
###-###-####
###-###-#### Fax
[email protected]____.com

(Nancy came to my house, but Sue is actually her daughter - they were highly recommended by my pediatrician and I thought Nancy was great). If Marshfield is too far away, you can look here: http://www.ilca.org/

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D.D.

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Lucia Jenkins is AWESOME! I'm a CLC myself (though I don't work in your area or I'd volunteer myself!)and I would recommend her hands down!

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E.H.

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hiya.
i had a lot of success at lactation care in newton. check out the website:
www.lactationcare.com
i'm sure they'd make a house call if that's where you need the help.
good luck.

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L.A.

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Look up the number for La Leche League in Milton and Quincy.
A woman named Hillary came to my house.
She was amazing.
Hang in there. She told me to give it 6 weeks before I gave up. I needed all of those 6 weeks to get used to nursing. But I'm so glad I did.
Good luck!

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A.C.

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Hi J. --

I can recommend an excellent lactation consultation team. It is headed by Gail Levy at Jewish Family and Children Services in Waltham. I live in Cambridge and Susan Davies from that team came to my house several times when I first gave birth (in January) and helped enormously. They provide telephone support as well. Call ###-###-#### and leave a message with the details, and someone will get back to you promptly. Gail is actually out of the country but either Susan or Kathleen will return your call. They also run multiple breast feeding support groups which are great -- they help you with BF issues but also have you socializing with other new mothers which is invaluable. It is great you are reaching out for help -- it is hard! Good luck. You can't go wrong with the JFCS consultants.
A.

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B.S.

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Gail Levy! I've only heard awesome things about her :)

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S.R.

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Hi J.,

I am the member of a mom's group that has a large email list - recently, someone inquired about a lactation consultant and the responses are summarized below. Good luck! -S.

Overwhelmingly, Gail Levy was recommended the most. Then Lactation Care, Debra Cohen and Sherri Spacco were all very highly recommended as well. I am only going to post one entry for each with their contact info as I received more than 20 responses.

Sherri Spacco -I can't recommend her highly enough. She is a L & D nurse at NWH and certified lactation consultant. Sherri is very informed and has a good "big picture" view- which really helps to take the pressure off (especially during those first weeks when you're exhausted and overwhelmed) . We had a terrible time with my son's latch- she was patient and enormously supportive- to both me and my husband! She's very reasonable and does home visits- she came to our house 5-6 times last May. (She's someone who LOVES her job and
just wants to help new moms) Her cell is ###-###-####.

I used Gail Levy, ###-###-#### and she came to my home. I really liked her! Good luck!

I would call Isis Maternity -- they have some great lactation
consultants on staff there.

With my first son, we had a nurse/lactation consultant come from what I think was called the Visiting Nurses Association. She was wonderful and the second nurse was, as well. You may want to contact them and describe what you're looking for. I suspect they could help

Lactation Care in Newton ###-###-####) helped me through LOTs of nursing issues. Dot Norcross is the head consultant, and they also rent pumps, sell nursing bras, etc.

I had someone come to my house who was recommended by another WMF member who swore by her. I thought she was very good, too, so at least give her a call. Here's her info: Debbie Cohen ###-###-#### She's in Newton Ctr.

I did not use a lactation specialist, but I did call La Leche a few times and they were very helpful over the phone. Also the 'leader' for this area even offered to come to my home if I needed more help.

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J.,

I had a lot of trouble as well. I know that Lowell General Hospital is out of your way, but they were incredible. Call them and ask for Laurie or Doreen in Lactation. They are wonderful and will either see you or direct you to someone as wonderful as they are to help you.

I went to them at 6 weeks. I had mastitis, broken nipple and I was losing my mind. They got me on the right track and I was able to nurse my daughter until 10 1/2 months.

Good Luck!!!

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K.H.

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Hi J.. I worked with Carole Mansoor ###-###-####). She visited me and my daughter Molly shortly after I gave birth because Molly was having some trouble gaining weight in the beginning. Carole was fantastic!!! She charged $150 to come to the house and it includes all follow up phone calls for the entire time you decide to breastfeed. She is very knowledgeable, extremely nice and it is worth calling her even if you don't end up having her come by. I live in Somerville and I know she lives near there but I can't remember where. She also works down at Children's Hospital as well. Best of luck, K.

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L.Z.

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Hi J. - I would recommend calling the hospital where you delivered, and/or your health insurance company for a lactation consultant name. I know it can be so hard getting it all down, especially the first time. Just remember to try to relax - that does help, and don't put too much pressure on yourself, and things will hopefully fall into place. Congratulations on your new baby!! Good luck!

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K.Z.

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The first few weeks of breastfeeding were *so* hard for me! I had several visits with a lactation consultant and lots of advice and the biggest thing that helped was just time to get used to it all and relax into it. That said, you should definitely get help. Start with calling the La Leche League representative in your area. For Belmont the three resources listed on their website are Elizabeth ###-###-####, Sally###-###-#### and Trish ###-###-####. If that doesn't work out, and you are somewhat near Belmont, I would be happy to come over and give you all the suggestions and support I can. I'm not an lc, but I do have an MPH and, more importantly, a 5 1/2 month old baby girl. She was born 6 pounds 11 ounces and is now almost 17 pounds - all on breast milk.

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J.B.

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J. call your ob office if they don't ahve a lactation consultant on there team. they will have the numbers for some but relaxing about it is better so they say no I did not breast feed more than a few days. but that was due to allergies & an infection.

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K.B.

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I used Lucia Jenkins from Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and she was great. Call the breastfeeding support center @ ###-###-#### and they'll put in you in touch with her.
I had lots of trouble breastfeeding in the beginning, but after Lucia's help I nursed my son till he was 14 months.
Good luck...you can do it!

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